Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Southern Nature


The original sketch for the copper plate book engraving in Travels Through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws; Containing an Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of those Regions, Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians by William Bartram 1791.

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Leaves of Liquid Amber and other trees; Magnolia altissima
from Hortus Europae Americanus by Mark Catesby 1767.

These images come from the American Philosophical Society's Southern Nature: Scientific Views of the Colonial American South Exhibit, [cache]which includes single page accounts of the lives and works of over a dozen authors (including Thomas Jefferson) with sample images, from the Society's Library manuscript and rare book holdings.

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